Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul
"After the first game that we played over here, we made a deep analysis of that game and tried to prepare ourselves for the game tonight. The key, without any question, was our aggressiveness. We understood that we had to play a different game than we did on Tuesday. We talked a lot about this; we needed to be more aggressive defensively and offensively. Except maybe some minutes at the beginning of the game, I believe that we played an excellent game, defensively and offensively. We moved the ball, played very good defense and controlled the game. I am very happy for that, for my players' reaction. We beat an excellent team that knows how to play in any moment. They have a lot of quality, a lot of good players and more important, they play as a team and have an excellent coach on the bench. Before the start of the series, a lot of people talked about Baskonia as a team that had a lot of possibilities to go to the Final Four. I also believe that they are a very good team. It was a really tough series against them, but I believe we deserved, finally, to go to the Final Four. One more time, congratulations to my players for their great job and also congratulations to Baskonia for everything they did until this game. I have a good feeling right now, first of all, because there are some players that never went to the Final Four. We joked with them about it practically during the entire season and also at the start of this series. I told the others that they had to explain to them what it meant to play in a Final Four. I am happy for them and for the whole team, because we did a very good job. Before this game, I said in the locker room that we were where we were because of their work - and that they can play excellent basketball, so we had to be more aggressive on the court, and this is what we managed to do today…
"Thanks to Pedro Martinez for that opinion [he said that Fenerbahce would be the EuroLeague champion if it won this series]. I understand that he prepared the game the same way we did. Both teams know each other very well, but to talk about this right now is very difficult. I have to let my players enjoy this tonight and get back to work tomorrow. It is too early to talk about the Final Four; we have a Turkish League game on Saturday. We have to analyze Zalgiris - by the way, congratulations to my friend and ex-player Saras for the incredible result his team achieved. It will be very interesting, and thanks again to Pedro. If it happens, I owe him, at least, a big-time dinner. At this level, when you have the best eight teams in Europe, we all talk about who is favorite or not, but that doesn't exist at this level. Zalgiris beat Olympiacos in the final game of the regular season, beat them again in a tough court and won both games at home by a good margin. They deserve to be there. Is it a surprise? You always talk about the teams with home-court advantage as favorites but it is shown many times that it is not like that."